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First Thursday at 6:00 PM all others at noon
Clark's Corner
12 E. Main St.
Ione, CA  95640
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The Ione Rotary has taken fund raising for local education seriously since they were chartered in 1986. Below; twenty year old Ethel the Wonder Cow, owned by Ione Rotarian Richard Forster, continues serving her community and more specifically assisting, Ione School students, to achieve degrees in higher education through her efforts.
Wednesday evening April 23rd members of the four Amador County Rotary clubs their friends and the public gathered at the Amador Senior Center to enjoy music by local high school students.
As part of a regular four year rotation The Rotary Club of Ione hosted this event, which was organize and MC’ed my Past President George Lambert who is currently Ione’s Youth Services Committee Chairman. A very appreciative audience of 30 to 40 watched as Cassandra Smith, playing Flute narrowly beat out Hannah Krieshak on the piano to claim the $250 first place; second place prize was $150. The prizes and costs of the annual event are shared by all the county clubs. Ione Rotary’s Sargent at Arm Judy Finch prepared and served refreshments while Mary Lambert, Donna Ogelvie, and Glory Potts acted as judges. Presidents and Presidents Elect of each club as well as our Assistant District Governor and Assistant District Governor Elect were there in support of the contest as well as other Rotarians. 


The crown jewel of the Evalynn Bishop Hall (EBH) Phase II project was the installation of a 2000 gallon grease interceptor, which separates fats and other wastes from grey water holding them for collection and recycling.  


Show & Shine & Aircraft Too!
Classic Cars & Airplanes on Display
Food – Vendors – Wine Tasting - Raffle
Saturday, May 31, 2014
9 AM – 4 PM
Eagle’s Nest Airport
Ione, California
RAFFLE PRIZE: Ride on P-51D Fighter – 3 PM
(P-51D Aircraft Top Left)
Registration & Set Up 7:00 AM Pancake Breakfast 7-10 AM
Open to Public 9:00 AM Air Show at 1:00 PM
Judging 10 – 12 Noon Awards Ceremony 2:30 PM
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ione, California
Pre-registration - $25 – Day of $30
Contact: Dave Wardall 209-274-9160






Individual members of the Rotary Club of Ione have devised their own micro community service projects that when taken together make a grand impact on our community. During a Rotary District 5190 training session retire Ione teacher Judy Finch heard about making Birthday Bags for families in need. Walla; just a few weeks later Judy’s first individual program was born when she delivered the first batch of Birthday Bags to the Amador Interfaith Food Bank. Each delightfully decorated bag contains: a box of cake mix, cake pans, frosting, candles, balloons and a horn. Clients of the Food Bank have been very appreciative of this program.


After the success of her Birthday Bag project Judy was inspired to try another pilot project suggested at the training, which recycles food coupons discarded at the Post Office. By placing an empty box with a Rotary sign next to it stating that coupons are collected to extend the resources of the Food Bank folks have been sorting through the throw-away papers and placing coupons in the box. Judy delivers the coupons daily and those that the Food Bank can’t be used immediately go to a service group supplying military families where their expiration date is extended indefinitely. These are small steps by individuals that make a huge difference in the lives of people living on the edge of poverty.



Another small project, from an international prospective that was brought the Ione Rotary by Sharon Long is the WAPI. Slightly more complex and labor intensive than Judy’s Birthday Bags is the WAPI a water pasteurization indicator. The assembly process is guided but member and local wine maker Andrew Tanis using polycarbonate tubing, stainless steel and wax thousands of these little devices are being used to render water safe for drinking in areas of the world where treated water is not available. Ione Rotary assembles the WAPI’s and with the help of local travelers gets them to parts of the world where they can be used.



More on the WAPI history and distribution look for the link on the lower left portion of our home page



Amador and Calaveras Counties raise money each year to help children buy warm clothing for the winter. Service groups all over both counties setup collection stations where donations of cash and checks are received and reported to Home Town Radio. In the week following the fund raiser volunteers from the schools and community escort the children to K-Mart where they choose the styles and colors of their new clothes. 100% of the money collected goes to the children the administration of the funds is done by volunteers. The highlight of this story is that two huge donations came in from new residents that pushed Ione's total collection to over $8,000; incredible!


Fellow Rotarian and owner of the Ione Plaza Market Doug Knutsen hangs our banner and provides a warm space to out group during the two days of collections.


December Events

Our December 5th evening meeting will be held in the front dining area at Clark’s Corner. We are shooting for 40 attendees, so bring your friend and family to enjoy this special performance by the Ione Elementary School Red Ribbon Choir and the Violin Group. These two groups of young people are so special and will warm your heart. The Choir is students from 1st to 5th grades and they will sing songs from their upcoming holiday production on December 13 & 14. Ten of the advanced violin group will perform classical numbers. As a club, we have supported both of these groups.

 The Club Christmas Party is planned for Friday evening, December 20th, hosted by Richard and Laurie Forster. So, start thinking of your Secret Santa gift that is $20 or less. Gag gifts are the best, but regular useful gifts are accepted as well—your choice. The meat will be provided, and you will be asked to bring a side dish. We’ll be looking for your RSVP in early December. So mark your calendar. Guests are invited.

 Interfaith Food Bank Projects Make a Difference

 Tom Thompson Executive Director of the Interfaith Food Bank spoke to our Club in November and talked of the need to serve over 6000 individual and 300 plus families each year. Donations are generous during the holiday times, but lean during the middle of the year. Our club presented a check for $1000. In addition, the birthday basket and coupon programs continue to be a huge success. Judy Finch just completed 100 birthday bags and presented them to the food bank. The coupons that she collects allow the volunteers to purchase items at a deep discount. Tom reported the $2000 in needed items cost the food bank $35 by using coupons. Coupons are collected at the Ione Post Office , senior exercise group and church.

 The Rotary Foundation – End of Year Donations

 We are all aware of the outstanding work The Rotary Foundation does worldwide. It is through individual efforts that make this happen. The goal of the Foundation and our Club as well is to have Every Rotarian, Every Year, contribute something to the Foundation. It is getting close to the end of the year, and your donation, regardless of size is a tax deduction for you. Members interested can write a check to the Rotary Club of Ione or to the Foundation and give it to Foundation Chair Jake Herfel for processing. In December we will honor those members who have donated (over time) $1000 and they will received Paul Harris recognition at our December evening meeting. There are two way to view your Foundation account. Go online to and look at your account, or contact Jake Herfel for this information. Our club benefits each year from the Foundation through applying for a District Simplified Grant for community projects. Please consider a donation to the Foundation, in any amount before year end.


During her visit Governor Puliz presented Paul Harris Awards acknowledging seven Ione Rotarians who have each given $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation for global good works as well as here in our community. Image

Carisa Swason is a Senior at Amador High School and Kobie Pettis is a Senior at Argonaut High School both attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy after selection by New Generations Committee of The Ione Rotary.Image

From the left are: Carisa Swason and Kobie Pettis


Ione Rotary prepares Birthday Bags regularly for clients of the Amador Interfaith Food BankImage


From the left: Richard Forster, Judy Finch, George Lambert, Jake Herfel, Sharon Long, Andrew Tanis, and Jim Rooney

Rotary International (RI) and more than 34,000 clubs worldwide change their officers and Boards of Directors July 1st of every year. Sharon Long Ione Club's new President has mapped out projects for her 2013-2014 year and has been very busy adopting many new procedural changes instituted by RI over the last several months.


Rotary International’s District 5190 is the largest, land area, district in this country covering Nevada north of Las Vegas and northeastern California. The Rotary Club of Ione took home 6 award during the District Conference held in Reno May 17th through 19th.


The proud Board of Directors of The Rotary Club of Ione are from left to right: Sharon Long President Elect for 2013-2014, Jake Herfel Foundation Chairman, Skip Schaufel Executive Secretary, Rick Kreth Treasurer, Dave Wardall Club Administration Chairman, and President Larry Costick, not shown are Past President and Membership Chairman Richard Forster and New Generations Chairman George Lambert


Ethel is the wonder cow because for at least the last 12 years she has helped The Rotary Club of Ione raise thousands of dollars for area scholarships and educational programs.


Ione Rotarian's Jake Herfel, Larry Costick, Tom Bamert, George Lambert, Rick Kreth, Donna Ogelvie, Judy Finch, and Jerry Cassesi with Ethel the wonder cow prepare to march in Ione’s Homecoming Parade. Photo by Richard Forster




In November of last year Rotary District 5190, covering north eastern California and northern Nevada, tried an experimental program providing leadership training to a select group of Eighth Grade students from 17 of its’ Rotary Clubs. Dubbed (REGL) Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership program it included Amador County’s four Rotary Clubs, which sent 10 students. Ione and Plymouth Foothill Rotary’s shared the $1,500 cost of sending 5 Ione Middle School students, selected by Principle Dr. Bill Murray, to the three day training at Grizzly Creek Ranch just east of Portola in Plumas, County. Image

Ione Middle School Eighth Grade Leaders receive Rotary International’s Four Way Test

From the left: Larry Costick, Jaida Edwards, Jake Herfel, Sharon Long, Miles Tomczak, Zoey Peters, Principle Bill Murray, and Katy Hirschfelt




From the left: Speaker Richard King, Dinner Organizer Sharon Long, Ione President Larry Costick, Jackson President Jim Wilmarth and his wife Jody, District 5190 Governor Sam Wilbanks, Amador Upcountry President Roberta Pickett, and Area 7 Assistant Governor Paul Karnaze




After two months of almost constant work a contingent of workers from Ione's service clubs and good Samaritans had nearly completed their tasks as the day of the event arrived. Four hundred and sixty seven tickets were sold and about four hundred and fifty hungry people were fed. This was called the best crab we had ever served by several very pleased patrons.

The arrival of the Norovirus to our area as well and colds and flu took a toll on some ticket holders. Some partners and spouses were able to take dinner’s home to their shut-ins but everyone else ate until they burst.



The tradition of self help continues in Ione, CA as members or 5 service clubs as well as independent caterers join in remodeling the community hall in Howard Park

From the left Dave Elliott, Dave Wardall, Tom Bamert, Doug Hawkins, Jake Herfel, Tom Sears Larry Rhoades, Joe Sargent, Ron Spears, Jerry Sargent, Dan Maddox and Bruce Brazil have just finished lifting this 18’ 4X12 header into place.

Photo and article by Larry Costick



Richard Forster's Project for the 2011-13 year was to renovate a 150+ year old building in

downtown Ione at 25 E. Main Street, which belongs to the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor 33.

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